Liverpool’s psychedelic music festival just concluded its second year, and it did not disappoint. Amidst the swirling drones, the industrial noise, primal screams and multitude of keyboards and guitar effect pedals, this festival is where on can certainly find some edge.
Having booked just a Saturday ticket due to: not knowing what to expect, having no prior experience in psychedelic music and the cost of the ticket, I can now throughly recommend the festival to anyone considering getting a ticket next year to go for the whole weekend. I was lucky enough to live down the road from the festival and so did not have to fork out for the frankly overpriced hotel rooms on offer in way of accommodation for those traveling in.
The festival featured four stages, Factory, Furnace Camp and District and it was nice to be able to flit between the stages when something didn’t take one’s fancy. Which it sometimes did not, which was part of the beauty of it all. If you’re anything like me, then music that turns heads, breaks the mould and pushes the envelope is far more likely to hit your musical sweet spot than bland old cheddar cheese music (which has its uses, think how much cheddar we all must eat in a week).
Some personal highlights of Saturday’s offerings include Vayafuturo: a Mexican band who play dreamy floating music, taking advantage of ambient sound effects to create an impressive “full” sound, underpinned by the lead singer’s melancholic sound, kind of like a cool Mexican Robert Smith. Check them out here.
Also very cool were the LA Hell Gang, a Chilean three-piece band who played a style of heavy 60s psychedelic rock that had everyone’s head nodding in rhythmic affirmation.
The best band of the day for me personally was the Dutch band Rats on Rafts, very weird, very cool and very refreshing. Ferocious guitar playing, well dressed, screams of abandon, unsmiling, sweaty and melodically beautiful. Check them out here.
Headlining on Saturday were the continual disappointment known as The Horrors, the less said about them the better.
Overall this was a festival that is worth going to, and no you don’t need to get your hands on any psychedelics to enjoy the music (well most of he music anyway).